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Clallam budget approved

December 12th, 2012 - 6:50am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County commissioners yesterday approved next year's budget.

The spending plan calls for about 31-million-dollars in revenues and just under 31 million dollars in spending.

The budget does not feature any layoffs. Instead, the county will again take 16 furlough days next year. That was part of a budget deal hammered out late last year, where most county offices and services shut down on 16 Mondays the plan extended into 2013.

The county will add a couple of security officers for courts. The part-time positions where prompted by an attack on a judge and sheriff's deputy at the Grays Harbor Courthouse earlier this year.

County administrator Jim Jones says the county has to pay a 2-point-seven increase in the state retirement fund and is in the middle of a three-year upgrade to its computer systems next year.

He also adds that the tough economy continues to drag on county revenues, but the spending next year will actually be about 31-thousand dollars less in the general fund than this year.

Commissioner passed the budget unanimously.

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